- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports8 hrs ago
One comment from Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Monday perfectly captured where the NFL is on its sudden learning curve from the domestic violence dark ages toward a place of responsible awareness.
It was when he was asked about Janay Rice.
"She's still the one who's suffering the most," Bisciotti said. "She's still suffering because now she has an unemployed husband."
Yes, Ray Rice's wife is definitely the one who is suffering the most. But no, she is not suffering the most because she has an unemployed husband. She is suffering the most because she was punched in the face by the man she says she loves.
This isn't the first tone-deaf, borderline misogynistic comment we've heard from a member of the NFL community lately. It's just the latest, and perhaps the most revealing.
The good news is that the league and its owners have realized – to their credit – that domestic violence has been ignored for too long. That's part of what Bisciotti's words made clear on Monday. "The league never elevated domestic violence to the platform it should have been on," he said.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Somehow Jameis Winston remains both a sideshow and a centerpiece.
Saturday's entire primetime game was all about the Heisman winner, even though he didn't play a down. From the moment Winston showed up for warm-ups in his helmet and pads for no reason to the moment he barreled into the victorious Seminoles mob in his just-bought-it-at-the-souvenir-stand cap, TV cameras had a reason to swivel to him.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell answered question after question at his news conference Friday, gesturing continually and repeatedly referencing his carefully concocted statement, he appeared more and more like a lawyer and less and less like a leader.
He failed to answer pointed questions in a transparent way. He failed to show an awareness of the length and depth of his league's cultural ignorance on the topic of domestic violence. He failed to bring a sense of compassion where compassion is sorely needed.
He said he was sorry, but he didn't make it clear why he was sorry. He said, "nothing is off the table" going forward, but he had not thought of resigning or even censuring himself.
Goodell protected himself and his office. And that's a shame, because this entire crisis is about women and children who cannot protect themselves in their own homes.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
One of the saddest and most revealing details about the Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations/indictment is this reported text exchange with the mother of one of the children who was whipped.
"… toughest of the bunch," Peterson wrote. "He got about five more pops than normal. He didn't drop one tear! So that was another indicator I'll have to try another system with him. SMH he's tough as nails …"
The mother replied: "Well you can't hit him til he cries! That's just mean. He's trying to be strong for you. He's afraid of you. He's 4, he's not playing mind games with you …"
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
Good luck, Lisa Friel.
Amid the maelstrom of a crisis spinning out of control, commissioner Roger Goodell turned to the former New York sex crimes prosecutor as a conduct czar – assigned to advise him on criminal and behavioral issues, including Adrian Peterson's case. "Friel's emphasis will be on the evaluation process of incidents of alleged domestic violence and sexual assault," Goodell wrote to owners this week. "She will advise me and our staff on disciplinary matters involving violations of law or of the Personal Conduct Policy."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was an enormous bandage on Cam Newton's side as he walked through the locker room after Sunday's 24-7 victory against the Detroit Lions. It was in the shape of an X.
"X marks the spot!" joked one Carolina Panthers teammate.
Newton grinned. That teammate was right. A huge target has been on Newton since he got into the league as a flashy No. 1 overall pick in 2011. He's been criticized for his sideline demeanor and scrutinized after a difficult second season in the league.
On Sunday, the target was physical, too. Newton has been limited by a sore ankle and a hairline rib fracture – hence the bandage. He couldn't even play in Week 1 at Tampa, and so he went out onto the field Sunday to face one of the league's best defensive fronts without ever having thrown a meaningful pass to any of his current receivers. Newton is known as a mobile quarterback, but all he could really do against Ndamukong Suh and the Lions was stand in the pocket and throw.
He was fantastic: resilient, efficient and sharp.Sun, Sep 21Pittsburgh37 - 19CarolinaGame Recap
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports8 days ago
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was uncomfortable. It was raw. It was emotional.
Most of all, it was necessary.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera came to the lectern after his team's 24-7 victory on Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Lions, and he immediately got a question about a player who has become far more discussed and scrutinized than any other athlete in this state. Greg Hardy, found guilty of domestic violence by a judge this summer, was deactivated after an onslaught of public fury, and the coach knew that's what media wanted him to discuss.
He knew he could no longer throw out empty words about the legal process, about waiting and seeing. He had said as late as Friday that Hardy would play, and then suddenly on Sunday, Hardy wasn't playing.
Rivera held up an index finger in admonishment.
"We played a great football game," he said sternly. "Make sure you understand, we played a football game today."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two teams covered 855 yards on this dark Saturday afternoon, under buckets of rain and boos and singing and towel-throwing. They went back and forth across a drenched field, sometimes in wide swaths and sometimes in angry budges – 30,780 total inches of offense.
Then they watched all they had done reduced in an instant to the width of a spray-painted blade of grass on the 50-yard-line.
"I'm praying," said South Carolina wide receiver Nick Jones. "Asking the Lord God to help us."
Someone up there, or out there, answered that call. A controversial spot at midfield on a fourth-and-nothing with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter decided this classic game for the Gamecocks, 38-35. The nose of the ball nuzzled up against the chain post, and that final first down allowed Steve Spurrier to get Georgia's goat for a record 16th time in his career.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
Imagine looking up at Adrian Peterson through the eyes of a four-year-old child.
The easy smile that helped make him famous is not there. He's holding a switch. You are a little boy with your pants down and leaves in your mouth.
The police report of what happened to one of Peterson's sons is sickening. The photos, which reportedly show week-old lacerations, are more so.
The act of what happened in Texas to that little boy, if true, is worst of all. Peterson has been indicted for whipping a child repeatedly with a tree branch. There were injuries all over his body, including on his scrotum. There is a warrant for Peterson's arrest.
Through his lawyer, Peterson has stated that he did not mean to inflict such serious harm. It is possible he meant only to teach the child a lesson. That, however, doesn't absolve the Minnesota Vikings star. And Peterson's intentions, however benign they may have been, didn't affect what the Vikings did in response.Sun, Sep 21Minnesota9 - 20New OrleansGame Recap
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
From the outcry on social media, it seems everyone wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell out of his job. Even the National Organization for Women has called for his ouster.
Jane Shivas is not one of those people. And her voice has extra weight, because she's the executive director for the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. Her organization is located roughly 70 miles from the Atlantic City hotel where Ray Rice punched Janay Palmer in a casino elevator.
"There are calls for Goodell's resignation," Shivas said Wednesday. "We don't support that."
The reason is fairly simple: Goodell has become more aware of domestic violence issues, and Shivas doesn't want to undo the progress the league has made recently.
"Since this incident and he learned about it, he began to reach out and he was willing to learn," Shivas said. "He listened and he learned about dealing with family violence. He changed policies."